A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol

A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol is festive comedy mixing heart-tugging wartime pathos with a fun and excitement of a live radio play presentation of The Christmas Carol and a spur of the moment film noir parody. That is sprinkled with delightful music from 1940’s era swing arrangements, Christmas carols and standards, and fun original songs in the WW II period style.  All blend to make a most delicious nostalgic holiday brew to sweeten the holiday season with laughter and thoughtful meaning.

This show takes you to Christmas Eve, 1943, where the once glorious NY based Feddington Players are now broadcasting from second-rate WOV in Newark, NJ  and presenting their “special” version of Dicken’s  A Christmas Carol, featuring special guest, Broadway has-been William St. Claire.  It is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show, complete with endless interruptions, technical errors, theatrical missteps, foley sound effects, and more that move the presentation to expose the depths of heart-wrenching loss and rebound to the highest hilarity through an improvisation. To “save the show”, Dickens classic tale of Tiny Tim morphs into a Bogart film noir detective mystery complete with femme fatale, and the rescue of Tim and the Lindbergh baby from the clutches of a Hitler-esque villain, as Scrooge finally finds the joy of Christmas.  

Location and Dates


November 30  –  December 3 at Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary NC

Production Staff/Crew

Director: Randy Jordan

Musical Director: Craig Johnson

Producer: Carole Kelly

Stage Manager: Abigail Jordon

Set Design/Construction: Bob Grannan

Costumes: Emily Johns

Hair/Makeup: Rebecca Ledbetter

Prop Team: Ami Kirk Jones, Ian Robson

Production Support: Jenny Robson, Jeri Summer, Debra Grannan, Dan Martschenko

Photographer: Ian Robson

Light Designer: Michael Lefler

Sound Designer: Jaydon Shockley

Playbill Coordinator: Jenny Robson